Pluto pays tribute to Howard Kendall

By Chris Coughlin – reporter

Former Preston North End player Howard Kendall has died at the age of 69.

Kendall made 124 appearances for Preston in a playing career that also included Everton and Blackburn Rovers, two teams Kendall would also manage.

He is most famous for his time in charge of Everton where, between 1981 and 1987, he won two First Division titles, one FA Cup and the 1985 European Cup Winners Cups cementing his place amongst some of the greatest names at Goodison Park.

For North End, Kendall played in the 1964 FA Cup final against West Ham United and, at the time, was the youngest player ever to play in the final aged 17 years and 345 days.

Kendall then transferred to Everton for £85,000 in 1967 and made over 200 appearances for the Toffees playing in the 1967 FA Cup final and winning the First Division title in the 1969-70 season.

In 1979, Kendall then left First Division Stoke City to become the player-manager of Blackburn Rovers in the Third Division.

Kendall was at Rovers for two seasons before returning to Everton to manage one of the greatest periods in the Merseyside Club’s history, including their 3-1 victory over Rapid Vienna in 1985 to lift the European Cup Winners Cup.

Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall expressed his condolences amongst many others tweeting: “A great manager an even greater man. Whatever I did was solely down to him. Gentleman, friend, mentor. Will miss him. Gutted.”

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

To join us in paying your respects tweet us @UCLanPluto #UCLanRIPHowardKendall

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